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cis +‎ -splain, after mansplain.


cissplain (third-person singular simple present cissplains, present participle cissplaining, simple past and past participle cissplained)

  1. (colloquial, derogatory, chiefly Internet) To explain transgender issues, people or behavior to a trans person (as a cis person) in a condescending manner, presuming the listener’s inferior understanding.
    • 2016, Michele Angello, Ali Bowman, Raising the Transgender Child: A Complete Guide for Parents, Families, and Caregivers (Seal Press):
      What do people mean when they say something or someone is “transphobic” or “transmisogynistic” or when they sarcastically say, “Thanks for cissplaining”? These words and phrases express the feeling of being marginalized at the hands of someone who has privilege. If you are white, college educated, male, ablebodied, and middle or upper class, you have privilege, whether you are aware of it or not. That privilege can stand between you and your ability to understand and ...

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